Bowel cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer if found early. If the cancer is detected before it has spread beyond the bowel, the chance of surviving for at least five years after diagnosis and treatment is 90%. But bowel cancer can develop without early warning signs, so screening for it is important.
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Screening for bowel cancer offers the best hope of reducing the number of Australians who die each year from the disease. In Australia about one in 19 men and one in 28 women will develop bowel cancer before the age of 75. This is one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world.
Bowel cancer screens can detect bowel cancer in people who don’t have any obvious symptoms, which increases the chance of finding cancer early when it’s more treatable. We want to find out what Australians want to know about bowel cancer and screening tests.
So tell us, what would you like to know about bowel cancer screening?
We’d like you to answer that question (and a few related ones) for us by completing a survey. Our aim is to find out what information about bowel cancer and screening programs is most useful to 45-74 year old Australians.
By doing the survey you’ll contribute to our knowledge of people’s attitudes towards bowel cancer and bowel cancer screening.
And you can go in the draw to win an iPad Mini 16GB!
The survey and competition are now closed. Congratulations to Ivan Lazarus for winning the iPad Mini in the prize draw!
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The survey results will contribute to research in our Preventative Health Flagship. We do a number of projects relating to bowel cancer every year, and we’re interested in people’s attitude towards the disease.
Remember, bowel cancer screening saves lives.